Fortunes vary for cricketers

Rain denied Acle the chance to close the gap on Norfolk Alliance Division One leaders Old Buckenham.

Acle and host club Topcroft were awarded five points each to leave Acle in second place on 163 points, 13 behind leaders Old Buckenham, who won their match.

Third-placed Swardeston A had a winning draw but are 62 points behind Acle, who visit fifth-placed Mattishall tomorrow.

In Alliance Division Three, Acle A (213 for six) beat Dersingham (149) and are fourth.

In the Division Five derby, Halvergate (130 for nine) lost to visitors Winterton (133 for six).

That leaves Winterton in third place, 35 behind the leaders and 20 off second place, and Halvergate in fifth on 123 points to Winterton’s 134.

In the Norfolk League, top-flight newcomers East Harling underlined their title ambitions as they put the first dent in league leaders Rollesby’s previously unbeaten record.

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An outstanding spell from left-arm swing bowler Michael Peal held the key as visitors Rollesby were dismissed for a paltry 85.

The veteran medium-pacer bagged five wickets for just five runs in an excellent 12 overs which included nine maidens.

In his first six overs he conceded one run and claimed two wickets.

Despite the crushing defeat Rollesby stay top, but both second-placed Great Yarmouth and third-placed Old Catton narrowed the gap.

Yarmouth played their get-out-of-jail card as they managed to bowl Cringleford Lodge out for 81 after posting a meagre 94 themselves.

It was largely due to a disciplined spell of bowling from medium-pacer Paul Vickers who produced a vital four for 29 spell from his 12 overs.

He had earlier top scored for Yarmouth with a crucial innings of 15 as Yarmouth’s total proved to be 13 too many for Cringleford Lodge.